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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Brooking (1813-1893)

Missionary.

Born near Tavistock, England, he attended Richmond Theological Institute, graduating in 1839, and was sent as a missionary to the Gold Coast of Africa. He withdrew from Africa because of illness and was sent to Upper Canada in 1847, then to Rupert’s Land from 1854 to 1859, serving at Norway House and Oxford House. A skilled carpenter, he built many wooden structures while in the North.

His papers are at the United Church Archives, Toronto.

More information:

Robert Brooking, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

Sources:

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Page revised: 1 February 2008

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